Saturday, February 9, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 27 - Defeating Temptation

How I wish I'd read today's chapter years ago. Just outstanding practical advice (not surprising as it's all from the Bible) on how to defeat temptation in our lives. I'd particularly ask which area in your life where you're tempted do you need to talk to someone else about. As Rick Warren says some of the most exciting things people have said to me over the years have started with the words "I've never told anyone this before...." which so often has been the first step in people being set free from things which are controlling their lives. Perhaps God is speaking to you right now that you need to have one of those conversations with somebody today. If so please do it - it could be the start of a whole new chapter in your life.

I'm off to the Men's Breakfast in a minute, then I'm going to watch Aston Villa play Newcastle (in the Newcastle end of course) with my son Zak as it's his birthday today - it's tough being a Dad! Hope you have a great day and that you can make it to one of tomorrows gatherings.

Simon.

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There is always a way out!

“Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” 1 Cor. 10:12 (Msg)

You may sometimes feel that a temptation is too overpowering for you to bear, but that’s a lie from Satan. God has promised never to allow more on you than he puts within you to handle it. He will not permit any temptation that you could not overcome. However, you must do your part too by practicing four biblical keys to defeating temptation.

Refocus your attention on something else. Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power. So when temptation calls you on the phone, don’t argue with it, just hang up!

Reveal your struggle to a godly friend or support group. Authentic, honest fellowship is the antidote to your lonely struggle against those sins that won’t budge. God says it is the only way you’re going to break free.

Resist the Devil. Without Christ we are defenceless against the Devil, but with “the helmet of salvation” our minds are protected by God. Remember this: If you are a believer, Satan cannot force you to do anything. He can only suggest.

Realize your vulnerability. Given the right circumstances, any of us are capable of any sin. We must never let down our guard and think we’re beyond temptation.

Don’t carelessly place yourself in tempting situations. Remember that it is easier to stay out of temptation than to get out of it.

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